You have the opportunity to be a part of Hayley's ambitious adventure from the comforts of your chair. As the planning and preparation unfolds leading up to her departure day, and during her expedition, Hayley will post a log regularly, so keep a look out.
January 25, 2010
Hayley will make her way to Stanley in the Falkland Islands loaded to the rim with expedition equipment.
Here she will meet up with her support vessel, the Northanger and the fantastic owners and crew, Greg Landreth and Keri Pushuk. Please check out their website at: http://www.northanger.org
I am sure you are all curious about the role of the support vessel. Sth Georgia is administered by the British and their safety regulations require that sea based expeditions have their own means of possible search and rescue. The Northanger is Hayleys support vessel, it is a 54ft steel Damien II ketch rigged sail boat designed specifically to access remote, high latitude regions.
Together they will embark on a 5 - 7 day sail across the South Atlantic bound for the East coast of South Georgia Island. There is a saying when traveling at these latitudes - "in the 40's there is no law but in the 50's there is no god".
February 1 / 2
Upon arrival at King Edward Point, an established UK government base, it is mandatory to firstly clear customs, followed by an official meeting which takes Hayley and her support crew through the correct procedures and protocols whilst traveling in South Georgia.
February 3, DEPARTURE DAY
Hayley will depart from Grytviken and kayak in a counter clockwise direction, heading NW along the East coast of South Georgia Island.
Every night she will land, set up camp for the night and if weather permits continue on her way the following day, racking up as many miles as possible. The crux of the route is the SW portion on the west side of the island, which, although the entire island is exposed to continually big seas and bad weather, this section seems to get hit the worst. In addition to this, there are very few places for vessels to take shelter and for kayaks to land as the coast is made up of glacial edges that drop suddenly and steeply into the often raging sea.
The challenge will continue as Hayley rounds the southern section of the island, passing huge fjords where glaciers and ice have gouged their way into the heart of the island. And once she turns on a northwesterly course once again, she will be homeward bound, heading towards Grytviken at King Edward Point.
Join Hayley as she attempts this classic, world class adventure, becoming the first person to solo sea kayak around the hostile, beautiful island of South Georgia, for the Plight of the Albatross.
WILDLIFE HAVENS ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. - Graham Charles
... A LAND DOOMED TO PERPETUAL FRIGIDNESS,
WHOSE SAVAGE ASPECTS I HAVE NOT WORDS TO DESCRIBE - Capt. James Cook